Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia) Description
Ostrich Fern, or Matteuccia struthiopteris, is a robust, vase-shaped fern for the shade garden. Ostrich fern will spread fast by underground rhizomes, thus it is an exceptional shade ground cover where it has room to roam, and intermingle with equally vigorous shade plants.
This shade plant grows best in rich, moisture retentive soil. It is not bothered by insects or diseases and as long as it can roam, needs no maintenance.
Plant this carefree fern with shade loving hydrangeas, broad-leaf hostas, colorful heucheras, and deer-proof hellebores.
Special features: Cold hardy, Cut foliage, Deer resistant, Easy care, Foliage interest, Moisture tolerant, Pest resistant, Rabbit resistant
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Shade, Part shade
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36" x 40"
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Accent, Border, Container gardening, Foundation planting, Massing, Specimen, Woodland
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Soil: Easily grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil.
Light: Part shade to full shade.
Water: Thrives with consistent moisture
Spacing: 1.5 - 2 ft apart
Fertilizing: Annual application of compost. Inorganic fertilizers may burn roots.
Winterizing: Leaves should be trimmed to the ground in late fall, or early spring.
Maintenance & pruning: Spores are infertile. Can divide in spring every 3- 4 years.
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